On January 1, 2019, the City of Albuquerque increased its minimum wage ($9.20 per hour or $8.20 per hour if benefits eligible), which has raised questions as to whether the University of New Mexico will adjust its Staff Salary Structure accordingly.
As a state-wide employer, the University adheres to state minimum wage requirements, rather than City of Albuquerque requirements. Currently, while the state of New Mexico’s minimum wage is $7.50 per hour, UNM remains at $9.00 per hour for staff employees and $7.50 per hour for student employment jobs.
Minimum wage remains a major legislative topic and several proposals are currently under review by the State Legislature. The University will ensure the Staff Salary Structure aligns with the state’s minimum wage requirements and will communicate updates as needed.